It has been a bad weekend for Kenyan Premier League (KPL) sides out in the continental action as both Gor Mahia and Bandari FC were bundled out of both the continental tournaments, Bandari drawing 1 – 1 with Congolese side St. Eloi Lupopo.
After Gor Mahia’s 0 – 1 loss out in Madagascar on Saturday 27 February, it was Bandari’s turn to restore some pride to Kenyan football as they took on St. Eloi Lupopo in the return leg of the two sides’ Confederations Cup clash.
Bandari were strong starters and should have had an early goal but a scramble in goal only resulted in the Lupopo keeper pulling a save before going down injured.
Lupopo came close in the 15th minute but Wilson Obungu managed to parry away a free kick from Pambani Makiadi with Maolingi running in to have a touch on the ball. The dockers had a perfect chance with a free kick from a good goal scoring position two minutes later, but Anthony Kimani saw his effort come off the wall.
Bandari went to the game with a 0 – 2 deficit and knew they needed to match the score line to at least push the game to penalties but an early goal by Lupopo’s Makambo Maolingi who also scored in the first leg sunk Bandari’s hearts.
Bandari got their consolation on the third minute of added time as Poso Mayenge handled the ball in the box to concede a penalty that Edwin Lavatsa stepped up to score.